More than $500,000 in funding is set to kick start the Port Stephens community as it recovers from the coronavirus crisis.
The money is a part of Port Stephens Council’s 2020/21 funding program, which is set to be the biggest funding pool ever with 11 streams available — each designed to deliver the greatest benefits where the community needs it the most.
It hopes to address the impact of COVID-19 by supporting the most vulnerable community members, reinvigorating the streets and neighbourhoods, and supporting local businesses.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says the annual program aims to help strengthen and empower the community through the pandemic.
“This year, our program offers over $500,000 in funding to help our community respond to the ongoing impacts of coronavirus,” he says.
“We are hoping to fund as many grassroots local projects that genuinely support local people, bring life and vibrancy to our streets and neighbourhoods.
“It’s also easier than ever before to apply with our new plain English guide which clearly explains each funding program, what types of projects can be funded and how you can apply.
“We really hope this will be the start of some exciting new initiatives.
“Whatever your passion and skills there is something for you.”
The program includes five different types of grants, each tailored to different projects within the community.
Projects will include initiatives to support not-for-profits, transform streetscapes and increase events.
“We are aware of the changing COVID-19 restrictions and have built in flexibility to our funding programs,” Mr Palmer says.
“We will work with successful applicants to be ready to go when the time is right.”
Applications for the funding close at 5pm on Monday 24 August, visit the Port Stephens Council website for more.